• Teeth Whitening

  • Dental Crowns

  • Invisalign

  • Dental Veneers

  • Bridges and Dentures

  • Dental Implants and Implant Crowns

  • Socket Preservation

  • Tooth Extraction

  • Root Canal

  • Dental Fillings

  • Gum Treatments

  • Preventative Care Program

  • Initial Exam and Oral Cancer Screening

  • Your First Visit

  • Financial and Insurance Information

  • Choosing a Dentist

  • Financial Policy

  • Home Care Instructions

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening for the best and safest results.

As much as we love the look of a brilliant white smile that radiates good health, there are undoubtedly many factors that contribute to its discoloration over time. Tannin-rich beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine are a mainstay for many adults, but are notorious culprits for the cumulative yellowing of teeth. Tobacco use and improper oral care are additional factors that contribute to yellowing over time.

At Happy Smiles Dental, we offer the Zoom! system of chairside teeth whitening, a proven safe and effective method for immediate change. In only a little over an hour, Dr. Gerov can whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades lighter. With Zoom!, a whitening gel is applied to the teeth, and then a specially-designed light is applied to them, which activates the gel and gently breaks down tough stains while effectively whitening.

The effect of teeth whitening is immediate. Not only will you walk out of our office that day with a bright, glistening smile, you will soon find yourself smiling more brightly and more often than ever before as you begin to take pride in your smile as beautiful, compliment-worthy facial feature.

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What Zoom! teeth whitening can do for your smile

Your smile is the way you greet the world. While you have many options for whitening your teeth, your dental professional is the best resource for whitening treatments. Only dental professionals have access to the most powerful, professional-strength whitening and can ensure your treatment is safe and your results are outstanding. Zoom is the number one patient requested professional teeth whitening brand. Professional teeth whitening with Philips Zoom is safe, pain-free, affordable and used by over 10 million people.
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Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dental Crowns

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What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown, or a “cap” is a permanent covering fitted over a tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are an excellent option for those who wish to strengthen and beautify their smile in a way that both looks and feels like natural teeth.

Crowns are made of a range of different materials such as porcelain, acrylic, gold, resin, or a combination of these materials. Generally, porcelain is known to give the most natural appearance.

After taking a mold of your teeth, a highly specialized crown is expertly crafted from the desired material for the permanent crown.

Oftentimes, during the short 1 – 2 week interim while the permanent crown is being created, a temporary crown of acrylic resin will be placed onto the targeted tooth for safekeeping. On your next visit, once it is ensured the crown has a proper look and fit, Dr. Gerov precisely cements it into place.

Once cemented into place, the crown fully encases the entire visible portion of the tooth both at and above the gum line, for a natural feel and appearance. This process restores the tooth’s size, shape, and strength, as well as revitalizing the appearance of your smile.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Invisalign

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What in Invisalign?

Invisalign is a convenient and effective option for dental patients who are in need of a straighter smile, but who wish to avoid the lengthy, unsightly, and often painful process involved with traditional metallic braces.

For roughly the same cost and the same amount of time as traditional braces, Invisalign® can correct alignment problems, close gaps, and straighten the teeth. Most patients who are candidates for traditional braces are candidates for Invisalign® as well.

Once it has been determined that you are a candidate for Invisalign, treatment begins with a detailed exam of the teeth and the jawbone. This enables us to create the patient’s personalized treatment plan to achieve optimal alignment. Digital impressions are taken for Invisalign technicians to fabricate a series of customized aligners from a specialized BPA-free plastic. You will advance to a new aligner tray about once every two weeks to achieve the gradual, but definitive shift needed to correct misalignment, crowding, etc. Invisalign is also an effective treatment for most types of malocclusion, such as overbites, underbites and crossbites.

Invisalign treatment lasts for about a year. During the treatment, the aligners should be removed only for eating and brushing, and should be worn optimally for 20 – 22 hours each day. You will be required to check in at the office every 6 – 8 weeks so we can properly monitor the straightening benefits of your Invisalign treatment.

Advantages of Invisalign Treatment:

Your personalized treatment place through Invisalign offers a host of unique benefits, including:

Comfort: Less pulling and tightening on the teeth, more subtle and gentle treatments with proven results.

Better Aesthetics: Freedom from cumbersome and unattractive metal brackets and wires.

Personal Control: The ability to remove aligner trays for eating, drinking, dental hygiene, and a bit of leeway to remove trays for special events in which you want to look your best.

If you find that much of the above applies to you, and you are determined to be a candidate for Invisalign, then the choice is clear. Invisalign® treatment is a valuable investment in your well-being. You may not know it yet, but a straighter smile allows you to more easily and effectively clean your teeth and maintain good oral hygiene. This is an excellent defense against more costly health issues in the future. Additionally, with proper alignment, you can effectively reduce your risk for temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder, bruxism, and jaw pain. Lastly, a straighter, healthier smile will enable you to have more confidence in your daily life.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dental Veneers

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What Are Dental Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin, semi-translucent “shells” customized from porcelain material and permanently bonded to your teeth. At Happy Smiles Dentistry, we use only the strongest and most state-of-the art porcelain materials (eMax and feldspathic porcelain) when fitting your veneers. If you wish to smile without a trace of concern over the appearance of your teeth, then porcelain veneers may be right for you.

Cosmetic veneers are commonly used to conceal:
  • Unsightly, stained or discolored teeth
  • Chipped or damaged teeth
  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
They are a wonderful, convenient alternative to otherwise long-winded dental procedures to improve the aesthetic and beauty of your smile.

Improvements to your smile can be achieved with veneers in a manner more expedient and less invasive than other routes of cosmetic dentistry. In most cases, the veneers will be applied in only two office visits. During your first visit, we will conduct an analysis to guide the creation of your veneers, addressing your concerns and taking a mold with which highly experienced dental technicians will create your veneers. The veneers that are made are created to closely match the appearance of your surrounding teeth for a look that will blend seamlessly into your smile for years to come.

Porcelain is sought after as a material for dental veneers, as it is translucent and does not look opaque and artificial. It is also extremely non-porous, so it does not require any special care and can be cleaned and treated just like your natural teeth.

Though adding porcelain veneers to make your smile brighter more full is mainly a surface procedure, the benefits run deep. Your brighter, more uniform smile can greatly improve your self-confidence, leading to a better quality of life.

With regular brushing and dental checkups, veneers can provide strong, durable enhancement that can last ten years or more. Veneers success story Veneers kew gardens hills

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Bridges and Dentures

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What Are Bridges and Dentures?

Losing teeth is a reality faced by many dental patients every year. Thankfully, there are some excellent bridge and denture options for those looking to replace their missing teeth and restore the beauty of their smiles.

When a tooth is badly damaged to the point where it must be removed, or if it is lost, it is important to replace it with an artificial tooth as soon as possible. If this is not done in a timely manner, then the remaining teeth can drift out of line, potentially causing jaw problems. Additionally, teeth that are out of line are more subject to periodontal disease and cavities, as they are more difficult to clean.

Your dentist may suggest replacing one or more of your missing teeth with a bridge or denture. A fixed bridge is a hyper-specific prosthetic device created to replace one or more missing teeth. The dentist accomplishes this by placing crowns on the teeth that sit either side of the blank, or “edentulous” space and attaching artificial teeth, or “pontics” to them. This bridge is then cemented into place. Unlike dentures, bridges are created to be a permanent fixture in the patient’s mouth, and can only be removed professionally. In making the choice for a bridge, you should make the health of your supporting teeth a priority in order to keep the bridge strong and clean. This maximizes the benefit of this marvelous device over the long term.

Dentures have long been a popular option for patients. Dentures are removable (partial or complete) set of artificial teeth. Whether you have lost your teeth to decay over time or perhaps to an accident, the experienced and meticulous professionals at Happy Smiles will have you smiling brightly and enjoying your favorite foods again in no time with a set of dentures, expertly crafted to custom fit you.

Let us work with you to help determine what method works best to restore that smile.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dental Implants and Implant Crowns

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What Are Dental Implants And Crowns?

A dental implant is an artificial device that replaces the root of the tooth and can be used to anchor an artificial crown, bridge or denture. For patients missing one or more of their natural teeth, dental implants offer the strongest support for their various restorations.

The process of placing a dental implant is a full top-to-bottom reestablishment of the missing tooth’s presence in the mouth, from the creation of a “root” through the use of titanium posts, to the replacement of the teeth with expertly made crowns, bridges, or dentures. Dental implants replace your missing roots, which encourages bone growth in your jaw as well as ensuring that any potential further bone loss comes to a halt. The result is greater stability and a true fit that can last a lifetime. In fact, dental implants are the most permanent option for tooth replacement available today.

As it is a long lasting solution to replacing missing teeth, so it goes that the process follows in several steps to ensure its long-term success. Here is a snapshot of what goes into the dental implant process after candidacy has been determined:

Placement of the dental implant: The first stage of treatment is the placement of the implant, a small titanium post. The post is inserted through a small hole in the gum line where the tooth is missing. This implant will act as the replacement for the root, and this in turn will stimulate the jawbone so that deterioration does not occur.

Fusion, or Osseointegration: It will take several weeks for the gums to heal after placement of the implant. Within these few weeks, the implant will fuse to the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. This integration is key to the success of dental implant treatment.

Attaching the Abutment: Once it has been determined that osseointegration has occurred, an abutment will be attached to the dental implant. This abutment is a small piece that connects the implant to the patient’s dental restoration. At Happy Smiles Dental, we use either screw-retained restoration post implant placement or cement-retained restoration. Whatever is right for you will be decided at your consultation visit.

The final step of dental implants treatment is securing the dental restorations. Dental implants may be used to secure dental crowns, bridges, or dentures.

The final results are beautiful and strong dental restorations that resemble the natural teeth in both form and function.

Candidacy: In order to be a candidate for dental implants, a patient must have healthy gums and a strong jawbone that is in tact enough to support the implants. If you are experiencing decay, gum disease or other issues, then these issues must be addressed before implants are placed.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Socket Preservation

What is Socket Preservation?



Socket preservation (otherwise known as alveolar ridge preservation) is a procedure that goes hand in hand with tooth extraction, and is designed to reduce any bone loss that would eventually occur without the procedure.

After a tooth is extracted, the jawbone has to be preserved in order to keep the socket in its original shape. Otherwise, the bone reabsorbs at 30 – 60% after tooth extraction. If the bone is lost due to this reabsorption, the jawbone will not revert to its original shape. Today, thanks to bioengineering and advances in dental surgical procedures, the loss of bone and gum tissue following tooth removal can be either mostly reduced or completely eliminated through expertly done socket preservation.

Following removal of the tooth a graft material, specially engineered to help support bone formation is placed within the open extraction socket. This added material not only supports the growth of new bone, but has also been shown to preserve the overlying soft tissue following tooth removal.

It is crucial to have socket preservation done following a relevant extraction for the long-term health and appearance of not only your teeth, but your gums and jaw as well.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Tooth Extraction

What You Need to Know About Tooth Extractions.

Tooth extraction, also referred to as “exodontia” is the process of removing a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. Before your dentist considers extraction, every effort will be made to try to repair and restore your tooth. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary. If a tooth has too much damage to it due to decay or an accident to be repaired with a crown or a filling, then tooth extraction may be an option.

Dr. Gerov is a highly proficient expert in the dental do’s and don’ts and takes the utmost care to properly determine if tooth extraction would be a necessary measure.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction Malpositioned/Nonfunctioning Teeth: This includes stubborn baby teeth, wisdom teeth, and any teeth that do or will eventually cause more harm to your mouth than good. Also, extra Teeth, or “supernumerary” teeth, may block the other teeth from emerging.

Severe Tooth Damage/Trauma: Hockey accidents aside, there are plenty of ways a tooth can experience serious damage. A broken or cracked tooth may has undergone such serious decay that repair is not possible. Teeth affected by advanced gum (periodontal) disease may need to be extracted, as unchecked gum disease often loosens the tooth to such an extent that tooth extraction is the only solution.

Orthodontic Treatment: In the process of creating our brightest smile, tooth extraction may be required to make needed space for improved alignment.

Typically, it takes about five to seven days to heal from a tooth extraction.

It is important to put your care in the hands of a highly proficient expert who will give you the most comfortable experience possible, and at Happy Smiles Dentistry, our focus is your comfort.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Root Canal

What Is A Root Canal?

It was not too long ago in our history that a severely infected tooth usually meant tooth extraction, as the infected tooth could rarely be saved. However, thanks to the restorative process of root canals, this is no longer the case. Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canals.

The fact is, root canals have truly changed restorative dentistry, and continue to help patients across the globe to achieve their fullest and brightest smile.

A root canal treatment is required when the tooth pulp has become inflamed or infected. The reasons for this damage could be anything from infection or deep decay, to a chip or crack in the tooth, to even a trauma that has left you no visible signs of damage, only persistent aching.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, or multiple symptoms, then root canal may be a treatment option:

Tooth Pain: Tooth pain on its own does not necessarily indicate an endodontic issue. However, if it is paired with other symptoms listed here, then it is possibly indicative of a deeper infection.

Persistent Toothaches: If your toothache does not go away, and continues to bother you even while not eating or drinking, then there is a chance that your tooth has a deep infection. Root canals can be used to treat these painful symptoms and restore your mouth to health.

Abscesses: Abscesses often feel like a bump on the gums around the infected tooth, and are a typical sign to indicate a tooth infection that has gone a little bit too far. In most cases, an abscess can be treated with root canal therapy.

A root canal is classified as an endodontic treatment, meaning it deals with the tooth pulp, or nerve chamber, a highly sensitive area. During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is delicately removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed. Afterwards, the dentist will restore the tooth with a crown or filling for protection. After this process is completed, the tooth will be free to function like any other tooth.

With the proper care, most teeth that have undergone root canal treatment can easily last as long as one’s natural teeth.

At Happy Smiles Dentistry, Dr. Gerov practices this delicate procedure with the utmost precision, pairing the latest technology with a gentle, caring hand to restore your teeth to their full chewing and smiling capacity.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dental Fillings

What You Need To Know About Dental Fillings.

Fillings are an extremely common way in which we restore portions of tooth structure that have been lost to decay or fracture.

In our state-of-the-art facility, the tooth is first cleaned of decay and then the filling is applied in order to replace the lost tooth enamel. The white filling, which is made of an incredibly resilient composite material, will restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel as well as increasing the fractured or decayed tooth’s strength and durability. An additional advantage of composite is that it unlike the mercury and silver amalgam fillings, this material will not corrode over time.

In our office, we take the utmost care to keep patients as comfortable as possible throughout the filling process. Local anesthesia is expertly and patiently applied to our patients, who range in age from young to old. An added benefit to the materials we use is that there is less drilling required than with silver fillings. With tooth colored fillings, more of your own tooth is left after the process.

Additionally, composite materials will actually insulate the teeth from temperature changes, as silver fillings actually conduct heat and cold, which can cause pain. This is not to mention the increasingly evidential research that silver/mercury fillings may have a long-term negative effect on patients’ health.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Gum Treatments

What Are Gum Treatments?

Gum disease is actually one of the most common oral health problems adults face today. Through Dr. Gerov’s expertise in various proactive gum treatments and preventative measures, Dr. Gerov can help patients stop the unwanted bacteria that cause gum disease in its tracks.

Studies have shown a connection between untreated gum disease and health problems such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke, as well as complications with diabetes and pregnancy. By taking care of your gums, you are protecting not only your oral health; you are taking a proactive step to defend your overall health, too.

At Healthy Smiles Dentistry, we employ the most effective means to prevent and treat gum disease. The first measure is through comprehensive dental cleanings and detailed exams. Dr. Gerov and her staff are also seasoned in scaling and root planing, which is the meticulous removal of plaque and calculus from tooth surfaces. Scaling and root planing can be done in conjunction with Arestin therapy (an antibiotic treatment that eliminates the bacteria that causes gum disease) in patients that need it. Then, after a re- evaluation, Dr. Gerov may refer patients to an expert periodontist if it is found to be necessary.

A regular habit of brushing, flossing, and rinsing is a key component to gum health. Like the teeth, the gums play a significant role in your oral health equation. Waterpik devices and mouthwash can help you maintain healthy gums, though they are no substitute for brushing and flossing. You should schedule your biannual cleanings and exams in order to detect and treat any potential gum disease before it can do any damage, and so that we can work together to ensure the integrity of your smile.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Preventative Care Program

Preventative Care Program

In dentistry, the term “preventative care” encompasses a range of activities performed not only by your dentist, but also by you as well. A well-maintained smile is a happy smile indeed, and the maintenance of your teeth is based on a successful partnership between you and your dentist to keep your smile bright and strong.

On our end, we hope that you brush, floss, and rinse regularly – If you do not put in the effort required in the day to day, unwanted bacteria is given just the right amount of leeway it needs to cause you a range of problems, from cavities and decay to gum disease. In addition to dental problems, unchecked gum disease has been connected with health problems such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and stroke, as well as complications with diabetes and pregnancy.

At your biannual scheduled cleaning, we carefully screen for any and all irregularities. We also seek to empower our patients with whatever professional education we can pass on to them – from teaching your little ones the correct methods to properly brush and floss, to teaching our grown up patients how to best maintain their dental restorations.

We would love to work together with you and your family to keep those smiles happy and beautiful.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Initial Exam and Oral Cancer Screening

Initial Exam and Oral Cancer Screening

The American Dental Association estimates that every year, more than 30,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer. Of these 30,000, only half of patients diagnosed will survive for more than five years after diagnosis.

Early detection is the key to successfully treating any type of cancer, and oral cancer is certainly no exception. That’s why when you come to your initial exam as a patient at Happy Smiles; one of the first things we do is a thorough examination of your mouth for traces of oral cancer.

The Oral Cancer Foundation defines oral cancer as an ideal cancer to identify early by screening, as an identifiable pre-malignant lesion frequently precedes it. With proper screening, we can detect the disease before any symptoms develop. This is extremely important; as by the time symptoms begin to develop, the cancer has often already begun to spread Generally, oral cancer is found in patients who use tobacco and/or drink alcohol excessively, but in 25 percent of cases, patients had not exposed themselves these risk factors. That’s why early detection is so important.

By screening for oral cancer and detecting it and treating it in its earliest stages, we can increase the potential for a successful treatment.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Your First Visit

One of our top priorities at Happy Smiles Dental is ensuring that every patient who walks through our doors feels relaxed and comfortable in our office. This is especially true for first time patients. In order to help our patients feel more relaxed from the moment they arrive, we like to offer a “virtual walk-through” of the whole process. Here’s what you can expect during your first visit to Digital Dental Arts.

BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT

Upon arriving, you will immediately notice the warm and inviting atmosphere that we emphasize so much at Digital Dental Arts. Dedicated dentistry and a relaxed environment go hand-in- hand, as we understand the importance of building trust and mutual respect. Before beginning your appointment, we will ask that you provide the following:
  • A list of medications that you are currently taking.
  • Your dental insurance information.
Additionally, we ask patients to keep the following in mind:
  • Patients under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during their first visit.
  • If you have had a dental X-ray taken within the last 6 months, please contact our office ahead of your appointment, and we will work with you to get those X-rays forwarded to our office.

DURING YOUR APPOINTMENT

Dr. Diana Gerov and her carefully selected team will provide thorough dental care beginning with a complete examination of your teeth and gums. This begins with preventative care: the staff will check for potential problems such as tooth decay, misaligned teeth, and early-onset diseases and ailments. An X-ray will then supplement these examinations. The staff will then discuss the findings with you, explaining carefully both their implications and potential treatments. Depending on the findings, further examinations may be necessary. Finally, Dr. Gerov and her staff offer a cleaning and a consultation regarding your dental health and any steps you should take in the future.

AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT

Before leaving, you will be able to schedule your next appointment, if you so choose. Of course, you can always opt to leave the date open, and instead schedule a new appointment at your own convenience through our website.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Financial and Insurance Information

Here at Happy Smiles Dental, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy and beautiful smile, which is why we work hard to make sure every patient is able to optimize his or her insurance benefits. We also believe in transparency: we make sure that our patients understand the financial costs of their treatment before receiving it.

Here is a breakdown of our financial policies:

Pre-treatment estimates

We will inform you of the cost of all services before taking any action, in order to allow you the maximum control over your medical and financial situation. As long as you are able to provide us with the appropriate insurance information, we will work with your insurance company to provide estimates of your out-of- pocket cost as well.

Insurance Policy

As mentioned above, we will do everything in our power to work with your insurance company in order to provide estimates and help you maximize your benefits. However, it is important to understand that insurance policies change very frequently, and it is ultimately your responsibility to understand your insurance policy. If you have any doubts, we recommend speaking with your insurance company beforehand in order to avoid any potential problems. If, for any reason, you insurance company fails to make a payment within 45 days, you will be responsible for paying any remaining balances.

Payment options

Payment is expected at the time of service. In order to make this more convenient for our patients, we offer several payment options:
  • Cash
  • Checks
  • Master Card, Visa, and American Express
In the case that your insurance company will be paying a portion of the cost, you will only be asked to pay the out-of- pocked estimate at the time of service. However, it is important to remember that the insurance estimate at the time of service is only an estimate. Should your insurance company leave a remaining balance, we will notify you, and that amount will be due upon notification.

Cancelation Policy

If, for any reason, you must cancel an appointment, we ask that you give at least 24 hours’ notification. In the case of a missed appointment, we reserve the right to charge your account a missed appointment fee of $100.00.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Choosing a Dentist

Choosing a dentist can, understandably, be an overwhelming process. It is quite natural to take every aspect of your healthcare (and the healthcare of your family) seriously. Many people feel especially nervous when it comes to having their teeth cared for, which adds an extra layer of complication: how can you be certain that you are in the right hands?

Thankfully, one option stands out above the rest: Digital Dental Arts offers world-class dental care that combines state-of-the-art technology with a friendly and personal touch. Here’s what helps us stand out from the crowd:

RANGE OF SERVICES

It can be difficult to find a dental office that is capable of taking care of all your needs. At Digital Dental Arts, we believe that our patients deserve to be taken care of in one location, by dedicated team. That’s why we offer an impressive array of services ranging from preventative screening to dental implants to whitening to root canals and much more.

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

Modern technology has revolutionized many aspects of modern dentistry: it enables us to diagnose more accurately and treat more effectively. That’s why we never hesitate to invest in the latest and greatest equipment. We firmly believe that in order to offer world-class dental care, world-class technology is a must. Our patients deserve nothing less!

FRIENDLY CARE

We go out of our way to make sure every patient is completely comfortable with every aspect of his or her dental care. We want you to feel relaxed and at home during your visit—and we’re willing to go the extra mile to make that vision a reality. This means carefully explaining our procedures, hiring a staff that is bilingual in English and Russian, and—of course—offering a kind and caring hand whenever it is needed.

Learn More, or Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you would like to speak with a member of our front office for any reason, simply call us.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Financial Policy

Payment is expected at the time of service.  For your convenience, we do accept Master Card, Visa, and American Express.  We ask our patients to give at least 24 hours notice if they must cancel an appointment.  We reserve the right to charge your account a missed appointment fee of $100.00.  A $25.00 returned check fee will be assessed to your account for all returned checks.

We will contact your insurance company for you and determine as close as is possible what your portion is to pay on the date of service.  This information is on estimate only and we cannot guarantee any information to your insurance company on your behalf.  After your insurance company pays their portion, we will inform you of what balance, if any, is outstanding for you to pay.  This amount will be due upon notification.

Please note that your insurance policy is a contract between you and your insurance carrier.  It is your responsibility to understand your plan benefits.  If for any reason your insurance carrier does not pay within forty-five days, as allowed by law, the balance will become your responsibility.  This balance will be assessed monthly interest charges of 1.95 if not paid upon receipt of your statement.  In the unfortunate circumstance that your account becomes more than 90 days overdue we will send your account to Credit Services, our collection agency, your account will also be charged an additional collection fee of $50.00

 

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Home Care Instructions

Home Dental Care Instructions

The following are instructions for after your procedure to ensure a comfortable recovery:

Please do not hesitate to call our office at (718) 591-3444 if you should have any questions.

After Composite Fillings (White Fillings)

You may experience numbness in the lips, cheeks, and tongue for several hours after this procedure due to the anesthetic.  In order to avoid the risk of accidentally burning or biting your tongue or lip during this time (which can turn into a painful situation once the anesthetic wears off), you should refrain from drinking hot beverages and chewing until the numbness has worn off completely.  Composite fillings are fully set by the time you leave the office, so it is okay to chew as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off.

A heightened sensitivity to temperature and pressure is normal following your appointment, as well as a feeling of soreness at the injection sites.  Over the counter painkillers such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and aspirin should effectively alleviate this sensitivity.

Please contact our office if you experience any of the following:
  • Soreness lasting for more than a few days
  • Temperature-sensitivity increases
  • If your bite feels like it is uneven
After Tooth Extraction The best thing you can do for yourself after having this procedure done is to bite on a gauze pad for 30 – 45 minutes afterwards.  The reason for this is that after tooth extraction, the healing process will only begin after the blood has clotted.  If bleeding or oozing still persists, bite down on a fresh gauze pad for an additional 30 minutes.  Keep in mind that everybody is different, and it may be necessary to repeat this process several times until a clot has formed. In the 72 hours after the procedure, it is crucial to preserve the integrity of the clot in order to avoid painful, unnecessary rupture. Activities to avoid are as follows:
  • Brushing close to the extraction site
  • Strong rinsing.  If it is absolutely necessary, do it gently.
  • Use of straws
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
One should limit vigorous exercise in the 24 hours following the procedure as the resultant increase in blood pressure can cause the extraction site to begin bleeding again. Swelling is a normal side effect of extraction. An ice pack or a bag of small frozen veggies (peas, corn) will help to minimize this swelling, which usually subsides after 48 hours. Use the prescribed pain medication and/or antibiotics as directed. On the day of the extraction, drink plenty of fluids.  As soon as you are comfortable post-procedure, you can resume eating normally. It is important to resume brushing and flossing to normal after the first 24 hours, as this will help speed the healing. Please call our office if you experience any of the following after Extraction:
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Severe pain
  • Continued swelling for 2-3 days
After Cosmetic Reconstruction As meticulously close as we get to your ideal natural teeth, a new bite will take a few days for your brain to catch up to and adjust to the changes.  There are some things that can be expected with this adjustment period that may seem strange, but are completely normal.   While your brain is catching up to “the new normal”, you may notice increased salivation.  Do not fret, as this is merely your brain’s response to the new shape and size of your teeth, and it will soon adjust.  Another factor that will take some adjusting to is your speech.  Thankfully, we are adaptive and your speech will soon return to normal as your brain makes the necessary adjustments.

As with many dental surgeries, temperature sensitivity will likely be present in the days following surgery. Your gums may also be sore for a few days.  Rinsing with a teaspoon of salt mixed into a cup of warm water will reduce swelling.  It is recommended that you do this saltwater rinse 3 times per day and take pain medication as needed.

As with the natural teeth, you must always engage in your daily brushing/flossing routine.  Anything that can stain or damage your natural teeth can do the same to your new teeth.  This includes drinking wine/coffee and eating foods such as peanut brittle and beer nuts, as well as smoking.

Please let us know if you play sports or grind your teeth at night, and we will fashion a custom mouthguard for you to ensure the long-term success of your new teeth.

Please call our office if feelings of abnormality with the teeth persist after the first week, as this can mean that an adjustment appointment is necessary.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

As with any procedure that requires an oral anesthetic, please refrain from chewing and drinking hot beverages until feeling has returned completely, as you run the risk of biting your tongue, lips, or cheek which can cause pain later.

Typically, the process of implementing crowns and bridges takes 2 – 3 appointments.  The teeth are fitted with temporary crowns until the process is complete.

Rarely, a temporary crown may come off. If this happens, call the office immediately and bring the temporary crown with you so that we can put it back into place.  It is very important to not leave any “wiggle room” for the other teeth to shift (and they will if left without a crown in the interim) as this would compromise the fit of your final restoration.

While you have the temporary crowns in, avoid eating gum and taffy, hard foods (think “peanut brittle”), and if possible, chew mainly with your natural teeth. During this time, it is important to brush normally.  Be gentle with flossing.  You don’t want to pull your floss up too hard around the temporary crown and run the risk of dislodging it.

Temperature and chewing sensitivity are normal after each appointment, and should subside a few weeks after the process is complete.  Mild pain medications may also be used as directed.

Please contact the office is pain and sensitivity are persistent.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule my next checkup?

Simply click the book an appointment button on your screen to schedule an appointment at your convenience! Our front desk staff will be happy to hear from you. Please let us know if you are a new patient and we will work with you to make sure that your first appointment goes smoothly and comfortably!

Do I still Need Regular Dental Checkups if I have Braces?

Absolutely! Although you may be seeing your orthodontist regularly, it is still very important that you see your dentist regularly. In fact, it is especially important that you receive regular cleaning, as braces can trap food and particles in a manner that is difficult for regular brushing to remove. This can increase your risk of many oral conditions. Dental checkups will allow your dentist to work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your mouth stays clean and healthy while wearing braces.

 What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the most common dental problems—and also one of the most easily treated and avoided. Caused by plaque and bacteria buildup, gum disease can be further aggravated by tobacco use, teeth grinding, and certain medications. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Left untreated, however, gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss.  Here are a few common symptoms of gum disease:

  • Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gum line
  • Abscessed teeth

What is a filling?

As the name suggests, fillings are used to fill cavities after they have been treated. Here are a few important facts about fillings that all patients should know:

  • Receiving a filling is generally painless due to anesthetics.
  • Fillings are made from specially chosen materials designed to be safe and comfortable.
  • If you think you might need a filling, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

What is a cavity?

A cavity is a small hole inside of a tooth caused by tooth decay. Tooth decay is generally caused when plaque builds up outside the tooth and combines with sugar and starches in food ad drinks. This produces an acid that destroys tooth enamel and makes tooth decay possible. Left untreated, cavities can cause serious oral health problems—not to mention quite a deal of pain! The best way to prevent cavities is by regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.

What are the Secrets to Good Oral Health?

  • Brush your teeth a minimum of two times per day.
  • Just as importantly, floss at least once!
  • Use toothpaste that contains fluoride in order to help prevent cavities.
  • Avoid foods with a lot of sugar, as sugar increases the amount bacteria in your mouth.
  • Avoid tobacco, as it stains your teeth and greatly increases your risk for oral cancer.
  • Brush your tongue in order to remove food particles, reduce bacteria, and keep your breath smelling fresh.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months.
  • Schedule a routine checkup with your dentist every six months, even if your teeth feel fine!

How Can I Find the Right Dentist for Me and My Family?

Choosing a dentist is a personal decision that should be made based upon your dental needs, as well as your personal values. Here are a few of the reasons we believe that Digital Dental Arts is the best choice for our patients.

  • Convenient scheduling options.
  • Central location right off the Union Turnpike in Queens.
  • State-of- the-Art facility.
  • Special attention to making our patients feel comfortable.
  • Attention to preventative care and the development of good dental habits.
  • Straightforward payment process and willingness to work with insurance companies.

What is the Right Age to Start Visit the Dentist?

According to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children should receive their first dental checkup between six months and one year of age. This will allow your dentist to confirm the healthy development of your child’s baby teeth. From this point on, regular checkups once every six months should be the norm unless your dentist recommends otherwise.

How often should I see the dentist?

As mentioned above, the general consensus (which is also promoted by the American Dental Association) states that most adults and children should visit the dentist twice per year—roughly once every six months. However, it is important to remember that patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may need to visit the dentist more often. The only way to be certain about your individual needs is to speak with a dentist.

Why visit the dentist?

The general medical consensus affirms that the average patient should see the dentist roughly once every six months. Unfortunately, many people do not take this seriously because they do not understand the importance of dental checkups. Here are a few reasons why visiting the dentist is important.

  • Defends against tooth decay
  • Lowers your risk of chronic bad breath.
  • Protects against gum disease, (known professionally as Periodontal Disease.)
  • Lowers your risk of tooth and bone loss
  • Eliminate the stains that develop inevitably due to food, drinks, and tobacco
  • Strengthens your teeth, which can improve the quality of your life for years to come.
  • Helps you look and feel your best, knowing that you have a healthier and more attractive smile!